BEST PIANO for BEGINNERS | How to Choose Your 1st Piano
BEST PIANO for BEGINNERS | How to Choose Your 1st Piano

So you have decided to learn to play the piano You are a serious student who aspires to eventually play technically complex pieces by Bach, Beethoven Tchaikovsky, and Chopin But you don’t want to spend too much money on your first piano If that’s you take a second to give this video a thumbs up The worst place to get buying advice is from YouTube videos made by music shops selling the pianos and the brands that they represent You see these shops can only recommend you the brands that they carry and that they are a partner with They cannot tell you which other brands that they are not carrying is better because that will be bringing business away from the shop I am an independent musician and I am also a music teacher for the past 25 years With no affiliations to any brands or shops therefore in this video. I will give you my very honest and Independent advice and review on which is the best Beginner budget piano to get I will share with you five features that are extremely important if you want to get a correct Digital piano, you might just be a beginner you do not have the experience or the knowledge to get the correct instrument I will tell you what other keyboards or pianos that you must absolutely Not spend your money on because it does not meet these features in addition I will have a list of top 5 digital pianos across various brands that Meet this requirement and will be suitable for you as a beginner piano player because this video is about budget I will not be recommending anything above 499 US dollars in this video If you’re new here welcome, my name is Jeremy See and in my channel I make reviews tips and tutorials about arranger keyboards and digital pianos if you want to benefit from content like this Make sure you subscribe and smash that notification bell icon Many beginner piano students or those who want to start out learning the piano are confused They make the mistake of confusing and mixing up keyboards with pianos Keyboards and pianos are really quite different Instruments and you want to make sure that you are choosing the correct type of instrument for the objective that you are trying to achieve the first thing you want to look out for in a digital piano is that it must have 88 keys if it doesn’t have 88 keys anything lesser than 88 keys 76-73 61 keys. You have to reject that instrument Immediately that is because most if not all classical pieces By all the famous composers are written to take advantage of the range of 88 keys in the piano so if a shop tries to sell you something with fewer than 88 keys and tell you that this is suitable for you as a beginner piano player Don’t trust the guy and leave the place immediately Feature number two that you want to look up for is that the digital piano must have full-size keys That is the same size as that of a regular real acoustic piano Some shops will ask you to buy a mini key keyboard because it is usually lighter It is smaller more compact and is almost definitely cheaper and it’s always easier to sell someone a cheaper instrument or a cheaper piano however you need to make sure that you definitely must buy a full-size keys digital pianos because that will enable you to be able to play the piano pieces no matter where you go you go to some other concert hall a Friend’s place that has a real piano If you have been playing on mini keys, you will not be comfortable with playing on this regular-sized keys feature number three that you should be looking out for is scaled hammer action. So look out for these three words It has to have a scaled hammer action a lot of pianos out there are cheap for a reason so there are three kinds of Action primarily we have the non weighted keys action, which is usually found in keyboards We have the semi weighted key action which is found in more portable and beginner pianos and we have the scaled hammer action Digital pianos you do not just want it to be weighted because weighted just means that the keys are heavy But you want it to be a scaled weighting what is scaled weighting? Scaled hammer action just means that the left side keys of the digital piano It’s heavier than the right side keys of The piano as you play it from the right side to the left side of the piano The keys will just get lighter and that is exactly how it is on a real acoustic piano Because the strings on the piano are thicker and of a heavier gauge on the lower registers of the piano So make sure you look up for scaled hammer action the four feature you should be looking at for is a damper pedal Function you want to make sure that the digital piano you are buying has a damper piano that’s included with it the damper pedal also commonly referred to as the sustain pedal is an integral part of playing piano music feature number five that you must be looking at for is a built-in metronome a Metronome is a device that helps you to keep time It gives clicks and bells so that you know your timing that you are playing in how fast or how slow is the music you are playing in this is extremely important if you want to be good at piano playing because one of the criteria of Improving quickly is to make sure that you can play accurately and on time Some people watching this video might say that hey That isn’t a critical feature, right? You can have an external metronome or you can even download a metronome on Your smart phone these days as an app and that will work as a metronome But let me tell you you will only use the metronome most often when it is convenient, and it’s next to you So nothing can be more convenient than a metronome that is built right in to the digital piano that you’re playing Instantly it’s there at a press of a button your metronome is turn on and you can practice along with it Now that I have covered with you the five critical Features that your digital piano must have I’m gonna tell you what to avoid Do not ever ever buy keyboards from the Yamaha PSR range or the Casio CT-X or CTK range because these are keyboards these are 61 keys keyboard that has no weight at all on the keys and In no way does it represent the actual touch response of a piano it might have a very good piano sound but the feel and the response and the touch sensitivity is Nowhere, like the action of a real piano. Don’t get me wrong. These Yamaha PSR E-series, s-series, the Casio CT-X, CTK are really excellent arranger keyboards But they are keyboards and they are simply not digital pianos So two models that popped up very frequently in the comments section of my videos that has been asked by my subscribers and viewers is should they buy the Roland GO piano or the Roland GO piano 88 keys or should they buy the yamaha Piaggero NP 12 and the NP 32 My answer is don’t touch this models at all That is because the original Roland GO piano has only 61 keys. That is the first problem the second problem Is that the Roland GO piano even the 88 keys version is Not weighted. It just looks like a piano keys But it doesn’t feel like a piano keys at all and that is the same thing with the Yamaha NP 12 and the NP 32 so the NP 12 comes with only 61 keys and the NP 32 comes with only 76 keys and firstly it doesn’t meet the 88 keys requirement and It is not weighted at all so these two models that I have just mentioned the Roland GO pianos and the yamaha Piaggero NP series just doesn’t have the features of a real acoustic pianos even though they are marketed as digital pianos now I will give you my top five recommendation across all the brands as to which digital piano I Recommend from my personal experience with more than 25 years as a musician and more than 25 years teaching music and piano independently as a private teacher and If you need more information about this five pianos that I’m mentioning in this video You can find direct links in the description below and there will be more information for you number five on my list is the Alesis recital Pro 88 Keys one of the main reason why I have included this piano on this list is because it is One of the cheapest at 349 US dollars, it has four out of the five Requirements the only one feature that it is missing is that it doesn’t have a scaled hammer action It has a hammer action. It has a weighted hammer action, but it doesn’t have a scaled weighting so the other issue I have with Alesis is that Alesis is just Quite different from its old glory days You know when I was much younger chap Alesis was a brand that we all looked up to however Alesis is just simply not distributed in many countries so the other issue I have with Alesis is not being well distributed in numerous parts of the world is because of the parts availability And if you need to service the instrument if it breaks now That’s gonna be a problem. If you don’t have a service center near where you live Number four on my list is the Korg b1 digital piano So this called b1 digital pianos fulfill all five criteria that I have listed earlier on it costs US$ 499 currently and It’s about four years old. So, it does feel dated. I just feel that it is not as well-constructed and not as robust as Other brands that I will be mentioning in this list one other thing that the shops will not be telling you the damper pedal on the Korg B1 actually uses a proprietary plug so out of the box It comes with a damper pedal and sustain pedal, which I mentioned in the top features earlier on It uses a proprietary plug and that Means that if that pedal would stop working you cannot just go buy a third party pedal that is cheaper You have to go back to Korg and buy a Korg pedal with the proprietary plug Number three on my list is the Yamaha p45 One of the main reasons why it is on this list is because of the Yamaha brand So Yamaha is such a strong brand that if you need to sell this piano in future, it will pretty much retain Most of its value also. Yamaha is well known for providing Parts for their pianos for up to 10 years. It is cheaper than the $499 budget that I have set aside it actually costs 449 US dollars it has been replaced with the p125 so to speak the p125 is a much better piano, but the problem is that it is priced significantly higher than $499 number 2 on my list is by Casio. It is the CDP-S 100. It costs only 399 US dollars and it is the second cheapest on my list It meets all 5 requirements that I have said earlier. It has a very decent Piano sound and what I like most about the Casio is that it has a real texture keys that simulates ebony and ivory on real pianos that makes playing quick passages a lot easier and less slippery Unlike the other brands like the Yamaha and the Korg Pianos which has shiny plasticky slippery keys if you sweat a little bit you find that you will just have your fingers flying everywhere and not being able to play quick passages as Fluently now we come to the number 1 on my list Which is Roland FP 10 FP 10 was very recently announced and recently launched and that explains its price tag of 499 US dollars it has a very Assuring and confident touch that is very close to a upright piano. It also has a very reasonable Good sound That is well loved by many of the Roland fans and to top it off it fulfills all five requirements The roland brand is also very well established in the market And therefore you would have no problem with resale value if you intend to upgrade to something else in future Give this video a thumbs up if you found it useful and let me know in the comments section below which is your favourite digital piano and what are the features and functions and Things that you loved about that piano till the next time. Bye bye

100 thoughts on “BEST PIANO for BEGINNERS | How to Choose Your 1st Piano”

  1. Jeremy See says:

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  2. Photo World says:

    I really hate the textures that can be found on the keys of CASIO keyboard. It gives me strange feelings at the tip of my fingers.
    Yamaha P45 has really plastic feeling. I prefer the KAWAI keyboards…

  3. FatiTank Drawings says:

    I somehow managed to buy a keyboard for 65€, it has 61 keys, that is not good, but somehow for that price the keys were pretty much weighted, what I was surprised about, and they felt really regid, without wobbeling to sides, but most important, it felt like imitated action on the keys. Like giving resistance and a releave to the end of the pressing.

  4. Anshuman Singh says:

    Thanks man! U r the best, really valuable stuff!

  5. Yee Jason says:

    What's the difference between Yamaha p45 and Roland fp10?

  6. Raghu RAM123 says:

    Helpful sir… Thank you

  7. Arwa A says:

    thank u so much for this video, i want to ask about yamaha p125 what do u think about it for beginners?

  8. EU LL STYLISH says:

    hahahaha, nvm. I just want to play Anime Openings uund songs I will sing.

  9. Roarore88 says:

    I am most likely going to get a Yamaha YDP-164 when I get a job. My goal is to eventually play Winter Wind/Chopin Etude Op. 25 No.11

  10. Matthew Lyman Jr says:

    Is the Roland RD2000 a good keyboard?

  11. Megren says:

    Any idea about (the one smart keyboard pro 88 keys digital paino) !?

  12. bruh bruh says:

    My first piano has 61 keys 😭😭 I got this like 2-3 years ago

  13. zehao zhao says:

    I am planning to buy yamaha p71 on amazon. And I was told that P71 and P45 are the same things. Is that true? Also, you did not mention if yamaha p71/45 satisfy all 5 requirements. Thanks for your amazing video.

  14. Anders Nilsson says:

    I bought a Casio PX-350 in spring 2019 for $400. Sound quality (especially 4th octave) is just ok, but key action is great and I really like the button oriented user interface, not a lot of menus to scroll through. Also has all the I/O you could ask for including 5-pin MIDI.

  15. Brice Heath says:

    Check out the casio wk 220. That's the keyboard I'm using right now

  16. Peter R.M Simatupang says:

    Hello bro, i live in Batam, maybe next week I will go to Singapore, so where can I find this Roland FP10?

  17. - Algae - says:

    Dang the cdp s100 isn’t available on Amazon currently.

  18. Ronit B says:

    Hey Jeremy this video was awesome, is it cool if we buy one of these recommendations considering I have absolutely zero musical experience.. Including no keyboard or piano experience

  19. Mark Jacobsen says:

    Thanks for the great advise Jeremy…..bought a CDP-S100 today as a Christmas gift for my 12 year old grandson.

  20. Truth teller says:

    Bro I Bought Yamaha P45. . It's awesome

  21. apocalypseap says:

    Alesis Recital Pro also seems to have an option to make particular octaves respond more or less depending on how hard you press them, so while it's not a fully scaled hammer action, you can get an effect sort-of similar if you put volume register higher on higher octaves and lower on the lower ones.

  22. Cruise Ship Demo 5 Songs says:

    im in process getting an electoring piano for christmas present to my self i recomond not to buy at a whole sale piano store they are way too expeneive.

  23. Wandana Joshi says:

    Do you know anything about the Yamaha YPT 240. I am looking to purchase a used one which is 10 yrs old. Owner doesn’t know anything about the type of keys or the speakers.

  24. Wood says:

    I just ordered Alisis recital pro hammer action on Walmart for $89.00 I think I shoulda bought 2.

  25. Crypto Batman says:

    Thank you very much. I was confused between Yamaha P45 & Casio CDP-S100. Now i am buying the cheaper Casio CDP-S100 for my son

  26. BORN T4pWn3eT says:

    I started watching this video to decide btw recital pro and s100 and I found both of them is in his recommendation list I still can't choose

  27. Derrick King says:

    Hey, I've been watching a lot of reviews and I have to say you're definitely the best however, I want a piano with a screen. Is there a $500 casio with all 5 features, an LCD screen and can be played via battery power?

  28. Piyush Gupta says:

    I planned to buy Yamaha DGX 660
    Then I changed my mind to Roland FP 90
    Then Korg Havian 30, then Native instruments S88 mark 2 (Midi), Now Yamaha MODX 8

    Should I buy MODX 8?

    God bless me 🙏

  29. KANYES-DJ SONG says:

    What about Alesis recital pro or Casio px 160 which one do you choose or recommend me?

  30. Hieronymous Lex says:

    Fantastic video man, you’re great. Thanks for the help. I can’t wait to get back into playing again, I played a lot growing up but had to move away from my piano a few years ago when life got crazy, but now I have some time to play again and am about to buy my first digital piano. Thanks again for the help! Cheers!

  31. Michael E. Henderson - Novelist says:

    I bought the Casio, but find the action stiff and unresponsive for quick passages, particularly high on the key. I've read that the Roland has a much more realistic touch. What is your experience with the Casio's action?

  32. João Marcos says:

    Beethoven used a 63 key piano. Chopin, 73.

  33. Tracker 100 says:

    Brilliant info thank you 👋👋👌

  34. Kannadiga says:

    Thank you Master, it helped me a lot.

  35. Jakub Jabłoński says:

    If you were to choose Casio Px S1000 and Roland Fp30 which one would it be?

  36. Princess L.D.G says:

    Although I love classical music, I want to learn to play church music, and some songs by Josh Groban and Taylor Swift. I know that It would take years to learn those beautiful classical pieces. I wish my parents had put me in piano lessons as a child. 🙂

  37. YOLO Biss says:

    i play keyboard claiming it was a piano OMG and I have the ctk 2400 Wtf

  38. JuicyVeganDwarf says:

    If price wasn’t too much of a problem what would be the best beginner keyboard please?

    Ideally with good sound chip, god speakers, key illumination would be nice, song recording, setting memory etc would all be nice things to have. I have a budget of around £500 GBP.

    Wanted a keyboard over a piano as it is easier to move, store, we don’t have space for a piano etc..

  39. Princess L.D.G says:

    Is the Recital Pro by Alesis a good piano?

  40. Raid Emrosio says:

    Is the thomann dp 95 any good

  41. Chamber of Wisdom says:

    Which do last more Yamaha or Casio

  42. M600 Spitfire says:

    What do you think is more realistic and expressive px160 or fp10

  43. charlie12590 says:

    Excellent review 👍

  44. Marcin says:

    What do you think about Alesis Recital without Pro? Is it any good? I’m asking because from a perspective of someone buying his first piano the ones and who just want to try the ones you mentioned are not that affordable

  45. Eastern Cowboy says:

    Thankyou for experienced knowledge. It is so valuable to us beginning on piano. I'm a guitar player and it's a new area for me.

  46. Chase Liu says:

    There is a new b2 now

  47. High W Music says:

    Thank you for all these valuable information. I just have a quick question; do all these models also have touch sensitive keys in addition to the hammer action feature?

  48. Andy Britanny says:

    Thank you so much for providing such vita information. I’m considering buying a digital piano and I can now make a much more informed decision. You videos are amazing!

  49. marXimus_XIth says:

    So does this mean u cant learn how to play if u got a 61 key keyboard? Ex Casio Ctk6250 I mean i just want to try learning how to play…then mybe moving to a more expensive one someday…$399 isnt cheap..

  50. Mahesh Chaube says:

    Make a new beginner piano video 2020 version

  51. Carl Dayap says:

    I want keyboard piano but i don't have money ro afford it. Even it is my birthday, all i can do is to watch youtube about piano 😊

  52. Gautham Suresh says:

    Best keyboard reviewer of all time!!!

  53. Princess L.D.G says:

    Is the Casio Privia PX-160 Digital Piano a good for traditional piano classes?

  54. Smart Winnie says:

    Is the Willams Allegro 3 a good piano for traditional piano lessons? Does it have scaled graded hammer action? Please let me know. 🙂

  55. Princess L.D.G says:

    I have two last question. Is the Williams Allegro 3 a good piano for traditional classes as well? Does it have scaled graded hammer action? Sorry for all of the questions. I am just trying to get a good piano that isn't expensive. :/

  56. OldSchoolNoe says:

    I want to play Nobuo Uematsu music

  57. Bruja Tarot says:

    I currently have a Casio Privia PX-150. And I want to upgrade to a Yamaha Arius YDP-103R. Any thoughts or recommendations? Does this Casio hold its value when selling?

  58. S'engager pour la vie says:

    To all beginners ! Listen to his tips ! They are very useful !
    I bought my first « piano » without doing any researches before… I ended up with a 61 key, keyboard, with no weighted keys…. After 3 months i am now looking to buy the Yamaha P115.
    Buy an 88 key, weighted digital piano !

  59. Unni Krishnan says:

    Sir can you please explain what is synth action keys ruffered to

  60. Grace L says:

    This is probably the most accurate piece of advice around for buying a digital piano. Well done and thank you.

  61. Legend 101 says:

    I got a Yamaha PSR- E463 , is it good for a beginner like me?

  62. chris plusplus says:

    How about m-audio hammer88 ?

  63. Hải Tuấn says:

    Hi, I'm going to have my first keyboard as I couldn't afford the piano. I'm thinking of the Yamaha P125. Is it a good choice?
    Also, I don't know where should I start as I don't have any music background before. So can you give me some recommendations?

    Hope you can see this comment. You have a great channel. Keep it up!

  64. KemiKaze says:

    It's funny i'm watching this after i bought one already wansa 810

  65. Nemon says:

    I just bought a Korg B2 and it's great to get started.

    I hesitated with the Yamaha P-45 but I preferred the piano sounds of the Korg and especially the 2x 15 W speakers of the Korg compared to the other pianos tested by me (Korg B2, Yamaha P45 and Roland FP-10).

    I have not tested the Casio and I have not found a Kawai in this price range.

  66. Atte Vehkala says:

    What do u think about Gear4Music SDP 2 piano?

  67. nikhil chacko says:

    How big an issue is the polyphony on a digital piano? Is 64 enough? Should it really be a concern for an intermediate player looking to buy a digital piano?

  68. Toupart Julien says:

    Thank you for your excelent review that was so helpfull.
    Here is my advice : TRY, TRY and TRY piano on a shop. Dont ever buy an instrument only on advise read on internet. At least, review and articles can help to make a good selection and be aware about the important feature you need. But once you have all the information in mind, you have to test and try by yourself the instrument.
    For exemple, I went to the shop to buy the Yamaha P45 (based on what I read on internet) but the seller advised me to test different piano before making my choice. Conclusion : I bought the Casio DCP S100. Not because it was better than the Yamaha. Just because it was more suited to me.
    So please test and try by yourself

  69. WysteriaGuitar says:

    I am a long time semi-professional guitar play but want to learn piano ON MY OWN. Can you recommend a good pianor or keyboard that a person like mew should gt that has lessons built in or something like that? – Thanks

  70. parasmichael1 says:

    Hi any thoughts about the kawaii ES110?

  71. Miffy says:

    Watching this to upgrade… I have a casio ct-x700 lol

  72. Kang Chul says:

    i don't even have money 🙁

  73. Ashutosh Kapre says:

    You are awesome!

  74. derx074 says:

    What about the yamaha p80? I found some at a low price

  75. ahmet ayhan says:

    How About Roland RD-700NX ? Thanks.

  76. Anou Chielens says:

    im gonna buy the yamaha p45B or the Korg B2SP wha's your recommandation?

  77. dinesh naik says:

    I am learning to play guitar. And after I have learnt to play guitar, I will learn to play a keyboard

  78. FlippyisFloppy says:

    Store I went to actually recommended the Casio CDP-S100 for a first piano keyboard. Glad they did, i've had it for a month and love everything about it.

  79. wesleysish says:

    Thanks a lot. This really helped me.

  80. Leilani N says:

    you have better hair than me!

  81. Xzerya Williams says:

    Which of these pianos are good for synth (voice) software and can you recommend any software? My goal is to have one these pianos you recommended but I want to plug it in to something with a lot of voices. I looked at Analog Lab 4 but I dont know if any digital pianos are compatible.

  82. Kawan Sevak says:

    Yamaha p 45 or roland fp 10 ?
    Whch is better ?

  83. Mike Cross says:

    Great video, really helped me decide, thanks

  84. Corneille Abigenga says:

    I think I would go for a Roland…

    But I want to start learning playing piano, and I am willing to spend 1000USD for my first piano, which one would you recommend ?

    My primary focus is on the key action as I was told it helps build finger strength…Graded Hammer/Scaled Hammer

    I don't know if you ever made a video about it, but I would like to see it

  85. green donut5 says:

    Why am I here. I’ve been playing for seven years and already have a piano

  86. Magie Sanchez says:

    Hi, i recently bought a yamaha ypt 260, it's a great keyboard, but i want to change to casio ctk 240 with 49 keys which is more easy to carry i think. Will i make the right decision changing or should i stick to yamaha . Thank you

  87. Jalal Tirgardoun says:

    The price is not important for me , please tell me which one you recomend to buy close to $1500.00 piano ,And is easy to resell it in future if I want to upgrade it .thank you for all recommendations.

  88. MyBazeer says:

    Casio s250 or yamaha 363 for beginners?

  89. MyBazeer says:

    Pls suggest, Casio Lk s 250 or yamaha e 363 ? for my kid 12 yrs, just beginning. Thanks.

  90. ErdosainNueve says:

    Hi. Im thinking in Roland fp30. But, if i have to choose something similar from Yamaha… what would you think it is??? (i dont speak english….). Thanks!

  91. Jesus4life says:

    Thank you for the help!

  92. Martoon says:

    The Roland FP 10 is my choice….

  93. BlackStone says:

    What about "Casio CDP-135BK" ?

  94. Username checks out says:

    Man. I don't know what to do. I have these on mind:
    Roland FP-10;
    Casio CDP-S100;
    Casio CDP-130;
    Yamaha P-45.
    And I pretty much enjoy the sound of all of them as I'm a beginner. But everyone says different things about all of them. Maybe there is some point that settled it for you? Would like to get some advice.

  95. John Marston says:

    Thanks! So the Yamaha P45 has the 5 features too? I'm interested on scaled hammer action, so I'm between this or the Roland FP10

  96. alvinraydj3 says:

    @ Jeremy See So i seen you're coming back to fast and furious 9 can you tell us how it is you survived?

  97. R N says:

    This is such a great video that it woke me up like a double-shot espresso cup! Thank you Mr.See.
    I am also shocked, in a good way, to learn that you are in your 50s….

  98. Corentin Harbelot says:

    I was going to make a mistake, thanks for your advices !

  99. Wonjoon Kim says:

    Thumbs up!👍

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